Day 3 of Drinkmas: Mulled Wine

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So a few years back while celebrating a friend’s birthday just after Thanksgiving in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, I discovered sex in a wine glass. I do not recall the specific winery/vineyard that we toured, but I do recall them brewing beer on the same grounds. My group of girlfriends gathered around the tasting counter and the server gestured towards a small slow cooker just to my right. She asked if I wanted a taste of the fragrant liquid inside and my curiosity was peeked. She removed the lid and I was greeted with the pleasant aroma of cinnamon, spice and all things nice. After she poured one glass, I took one sip and proclaimed loudly, “THIS TASTES LIKE CHRISTMAS SEX!” It was mulled wine. It was love at first sip. I have had it every holiday season since, however this year is my first time making it myself. After browsing several recipes online, particularly one from Wine Folly, I freestyled some shit came up with this. I present to you, Bawdimoe, Murrlin Mulled Wine.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine (preferably zinfandel, syrah, or your favorite blend)
  • 2 cups of apple cider/juice
  • 3 oz of mulling spices (Aspen Mulling Spices are readily accessible in most grocery stores and on Amazon)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large orange (peels for garnish in addition to a squeeze of juice)
  • 4 oz of brandy*

Directions 

  1. Pour wine and cider into a slow cooker.
  2. Stir in mulling spices until dissolved.
  3. Add brandy into the mix and let flavors mingle for a few minutes before turning slow cooker on HIGH.
  4. While the mixture is brewing, make your orange twists.**
  5. After about 30 minutes, bring the slow cooker down to the warming setting.
  6. Squeeze juice from your orange. Enjoy the aroma as you serve to 5 friends (preferably in glass mugs) garnished with cinnamon sticks and orange twists.

*Optional

**How to make a orange twist: -Take a fresh orange. Make a slice through one side of the peel and the pulp, all the way up to the rind on the other side. Cut the pulp off of the peel so that you have one long thin strip of peel. Twist the peel into a curly-q shape. Use twists to garnish cocktails or beverages.

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Note: You can do this on the stove top as well. Just take the wine to a quick 30 sec boil and reduce immediately to a simmer. You do not want to cook off the alcohol.

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